Common Issues for Voucher Programs

Research Report

Common Issues for Voucher Programs

June 26, 2000

Abstract

Debates over different types of vouchers often proceed in isolation, with an ideological fever. Considered as a tool of public policy, however, a voucher is ideologically neutral - helpful for some purposes, less appropriate for others. Vouchers are applied to a wide range of services and goods: food, higher education, primary and secondary school education, housing, employment and training, child care, and medical insurance for the elderly and nonelderly are among the best-known. But vouchers are also made available for items such as low-flush toilets, taxi rides for the intoxicated, food for panhandlers, neutering of pets, and much else.

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